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"Swain: A Journey through Art and History" Step into the world of Joseph Swain, a renowned artist whose works have left an indelible mark on the art scene

Background imageSwain Collection: Happy Hampstead!, 1875. Artist: Joseph Swain

Happy Hampstead!, 1875. Artist: Joseph Swain
Happy Hampstead!, 1875. A suburban family is shown enjoying a day out in the park. Behind them lurk the shrouded and menacing figures of Smallpox and Fever

Background imageSwain Collection: The Conservative Programme, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Conservative Programme, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Conservative Programme, 1872. This cartoon shows Benjamin Disraeli, the Conservative Leader of the Conservative Party. He is being questioned by Lord Abercorn about the Conservative policy

Background imageSwain Collection: A Railway Revolution, 1874. Artist: Joseph Swain

A Railway Revolution, 1874. Artist: Joseph Swain
A Railway Revolution, 1874. A large lady seeks advice from the Railway guard at St Pancras. From Punch, or the London Charivari, October 10, 1874

Background imageSwain Collection: Inn-Yard Play / C16 / Swain

Inn-Yard Play / C16 / Swain
A performance of Shakespeares Twelfth night is given in the yard of an inn

Background imageSwain Collection: The Irish Frankenstein, 1882. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Irish Frankenstein, 1882. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Irish Frankenstein, 1882. An awestruck Charles Parnell of the Irish Nationalist Party is crouching before his Creature which is depicted with the usual simian features of the Irishman in Punch

Background imageSwain Collection: Save Me from my Friends!, 1878. Artist: Joseph Swain

Save Me from my Friends!, 1878. Artist: Joseph Swain
Save Me from my Friends!, 1878. The Ameer of Afghanistan stands between the Russian bear, jaws dripping with saliva, and the British lion with teeth bared

Background imageSwain Collection: Old man in cloth cap - Thassos, Greece

Old man in cloth cap - Thassos, Greece
Portrait of an old man wearing cap and old cardigan as he stands beside a blue-painted window. Thassos, Greece Date: circa 1995

Background imageSwain Collection: The Divided Skirt, 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Divided Skirt, 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Divided Skirt, 1886. This cartoon shows the Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone. Now 76 years of age, and in his third term in office, Gladstone was undoubtedly the grandee of the Commons

Background imageSwain Collection: Balfours Irrepressible Donkey, 1888. Artist: Joseph Swain

Balfours Irrepressible Donkey, 1888. Artist: Joseph Swain
Balfours Irrepressible Donkey, 1888. Arthur James Balfour was the Chief Secretary for Ireland at the beginning of 1888 in Lord Salisburys Conservative administration.The cartoon is accompanied by a

Background imageSwain Collection: The Wind and the Sun, 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Wind and the Sun, 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Wind and the Sun, 1886. Irish Discontent in the sunlight of the Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone. On the other side, the wind comes from the Conservative Leader in the House of Lords

Background imageSwain Collection: The Start, 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Start, 1886. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Start, 1886. On the left at the starting line is the Grand Old Man of politics, the Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone

Background imageSwain Collection: A New Piece, 1882. Artist: Joseph Swain

A New Piece, 1882. Artist: Joseph Swain
A New Piece, 1882. The Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone, has submitted his new piece to Mr John Bull in his guise as a theatre manager

Background imageSwain Collection: The Irish Devil-Fish, 1881. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Irish Devil-Fish, 1881. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Irish Devil-Fish, 1881. The Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone, is depicted wrestling with the mighty octopus of the Irish Land League

Background imageSwain Collection: Intercepted, 1881. Artist: Joseph Swain

Intercepted, 1881. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone, also held the office of Chancellor of the Exchequer and this cartoon shows him in a chefs outfit feeding his dog from the bowl of surplus

Background imageSwain Collection: Great Autumn Manoeuvre, 1873. Artist: Joseph Swain

Great Autumn Manoeuvre, 1873. Artist: Joseph Swain
Great Autumn Manoeuvre, 1873. Watched by a baleful Disraeli, Leader of the Conservative opposition, the Liberal Prime Minister, Gladstone, hands a puzzled yokel his franchise

Background imageSwain Collection: The Imperial Witches, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Imperial Witches, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Imperial Witches, 1872. Mr Punch plays Macbeth to the three witches who represent the Emperors of Germany, Austria and Russia

Background imageSwain Collection: Out of the Bag!, 1871. Artist: Joseph Swain

Out of the Bag!, 1871. Artist: Joseph Swain
Out of the Bag!, 1871. The cat is let out of the bag. The Conservative leader of the opposition, Mr Disraeli, suggests that perhaps the Conservative statesmen, represented here by Lord Butterfingers

Background imageSwain Collection: An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain

An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain
An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Womans Vote Bill. A stout John Bull, the representative of the British people or, in this case, British men

Background imageSwain Collection: Mose in Egitto !!!, 1875. Artist: Joseph Swain

Mose in Egitto !!!, 1875. Artist: Joseph Swain
Mose in Egitto !!!, 1875.The Conservative Prime Minister, Disraeli, holds the key to India. This relates to the purchase by Britains government of the Suez Canal shares

Background imageSwain Collection: An Unexpected Cut, 1874. Artist: Joseph Swain

An Unexpected Cut, 1874. Artist: Joseph Swain
An Unexpected Cut, 1874. With a felled tree entitled Irish Established Church behind him, Mr Gladstone, the Liberal Leader of the Opposition

Background imageSwain Collection: R P Swain

R P Swain

Background imageSwain Collection: John Swain & Son Advertisement

John Swain & Son Advertisement
An advertisement for John Swain & Son Ltd, specialists in commercial photography, photo engraving, typesetting, electrotyping and stereotyping

Background imageSwain Collection: Toasting Glasses

Toasting Glasses
A photograph used for advertisement purposes, showing two glasses clinking in a toast. Date: circa 1939

Background imageSwain Collection: Swain's New Exhibition Gallery

Swain's New Exhibition Gallery
An advertisement photograph for Swain & Co, Ltd, a shop for pictures, books and stationery. The photo shows a section of their new exhibition gallery at 123 Pitt St. Sydney. Date: circa 1919

Background imageSwain Collection: Swain

Swain Ridden By L.Dettori 26 June 1996 Date: 26 June 1996

Background imageSwain Collection: The Captains Daughter (oil on canvas)

The Captains Daughter (oil on canvas)
SOU112524 The Captains Daughter (oil on canvas) by Tissot, James Jacques Joseph (1836-1902); 72.3x104.7 cm; Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire

Background imageSwain Collection: A shepherdess seated with her swain (red chalk on white paper)

A shepherdess seated with her swain (red chalk on white paper)
829851 A shepherdess seated with her swain (red chalk on white paper) by Watteau, Jean Antoine (1684-1721); 20.8x35.4 cm; eThe Devonshire Collections

Background imageSwain Collection: R P Swain, Rugby player

R P Swain, Rugby player. 1890s

Background imageSwain Collection: The Boating Fever (engraving)

The Boating Fever (engraving)
1615860 The Boating Fever (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Boating Fever. Illustration for The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 1 April 1876)

Background imageSwain Collection: The Prison Is Not Built That Will Hold Jesse James, Advertisement for W. I

The Prison Is Not Built That Will Hold Jesse James, Advertisement for W. I
SNG127057 The Prison Is Not Built That Will Hold Jesse James, Advertisement for W. I. Swains Spectacular Production of Jesse James (colour litho) by American School

Background imageSwain Collection: Count Burckhardt (for 'Once a Week, 'September 27, 1862), 1862

Count Burckhardt (for "Once a Week, "September 27, 1862), 1862
Count Burckhardt (for " Once a Week, " September 27, 1862), 1862. The ballad Burckhardt von Keller tells of a count bewitched, leaving his bethrothed to wonder what has befallen him

Background imageSwain Collection: The Majors Daughter (for 'Once a Week, 'June 21, 1862), 1862

The Majors Daughter (for "Once a Week, "June 21, 1862), 1862
The Majors Daughter (for " Once a Week, " June 21, 1862), 1862. Story of Clara Vinrace, a young English woman who joins her parents in India and falls in love with an older man

Background imageSwain Collection: The Relief Fund in Lancashire (for 'Once a Week, 'July 26, 1862), 1862

The Relief Fund in Lancashire (for "Once a Week, "July 26, 1862), 1862
The Relief Fund in Lancashire (for " Once a Week, " July 26, 1862), 1862. Concerning the flight of the Lancashire weavers

Background imageSwain Collection: Near the Coast, ca. 1885. Creator: Robert Swain Gifford

Near the Coast, ca. 1885. Creator: Robert Swain Gifford
Near the Coast, ca. 1885

Background imageSwain Collection: Jowett Jupiter with Abbott body, C. P. Swain, Morecambe Rally 1953. Creator: Unknown

Jowett Jupiter with Abbott body, C. P. Swain, Morecambe Rally 1953. Creator: Unknown
Jowett Jupiter with Abbott body, C.P. Swain, Morecambe Rally 1953

Background imageSwain Collection: Swain King of Denmark and England, 18th century. Creator: Unknown

Swain King of Denmark and England, 18th century. Creator: Unknown
Swain King of Denmark and England, 18th century. Sweyn Forkbeard (960-1014) King of Denmark from 986 to 1014. In 1013, shortly before his death, he became the first Danish king of England

Background imageSwain Collection: A Play in a London Inn Yard, In the Time of Queen Elizabeth, c1873. Creator: Swain

A Play in a London Inn Yard, In the Time of Queen Elizabeth, c1873. Creator: Swain
A Play in a London Inn Yard, In the Time of Queen Elizabeth, c1873. Makeshift stage in the courtyard of an inn, during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

Background imageSwain Collection: A Midsummer Night on the Terrace of the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, 1881

A Midsummer Night on the Terrace of the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, 1881. Gentlemen in top hats and ladies with fans

Background imageSwain Collection: Margate, Arrival of the Husbands Boat, 1856. Artist: Swain

Margate, Arrival of the Husbands Boat, 1856. Artist: Swain
Margate, Arrival of the Husbands Boat, 1856. Crowds at the port of Margate in Kent. From the Illustrated Times, 6 September 1856

Background imageSwain Collection: London Bridge (new), London, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain

London Bridge (new), London, 1872. Artist: Joseph Swain
View of London Bridge, London in 1872, looking south. The bridge is crammed with a variety of horse drawn vehicles ranging from an omnibus, carts and carriages

Background imageSwain Collection: Teheran, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

Teheran, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
Teheran, c1880. Episode of the Indian Rebellion (1857). From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris & New York, c1880]

Background imageSwain Collection: Pagodas, near Pegu, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

Pagodas, near Pegu, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
Pagodas, near Pegu, c1880. Episode of the Second Anglo-Burmese War (1852-1853). From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant

Background imageSwain Collection: Ticonderoga Fort, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

Ticonderoga Fort, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
Ticonderoga Fort, c1880. From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris & New York, c1880]

Background imageSwain Collection: Exeter, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

Exeter, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
Exeter, c1880. Episode from the Exeter Conspiracy (1538).From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris & New York, c1880]

Background imageSwain Collection: Fight at Abracrampa, 1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

Fight at Abracrampa, 1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
Fight at Abracrampa, c1880. Episode of the Third Anglo-Ashanti War (1873-1874). From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant

Background imageSwain Collection: The Heights of Alma, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

The Heights of Alma, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
The Heights of Alma, c1880. Episode of the Crimean War (1853-1856). From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris & New York, c1880]

Background imageSwain Collection: The British Army Crossing the Sutlej, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain

The British Army Crossing the Sutlej, c1880. Artist: Joseph Swain
The British Army Crossing the Sutlej, c1880. Episode of the First Anglo-Sikh War (1845-1846). From British Battles on Land and Sea, Vol. III, by James Grant

Background imageSwain Collection: The British Printer cover, 1919. Artist: William E Swain

The British Printer cover, 1919. Artist: William E Swain
The British Printer cover, 1919. Printed with Mander Brothers inks. From The British Printer Vol. XXXII. [Raithby, Lawrence & Co. Ltd, London and Leicester, 1919]



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"Swain: A Journey through Art and History" Step into the world of Joseph Swain, a renowned artist whose works have left an indelible mark on the art scene. From his captivating portrayal of Happy Hampstead. In 1875 to his thought-provoking piece The Conservative Programme in 1872, Swain's talent shines through. Intriguingly, Swain's artistic prowess extends beyond paintings. Take a glimpse into history with Inn-Yard Play / C16 / Swain, where he transports us back to the vibrant atmosphere of a sixteenth-century inn-yard performance. And let's not forget R P Swain, whose legacy lives on through his remarkable contributions. But it doesn't stop there – John Swain & Son Advertisement showcases the entrepreneurial spirit that runs in this family's veins. Their dedication to excellence is evident in every brushstroke. Raise your glasses as we celebrate at Swain's New Exhibition Gallery, where creativity knows no bounds. Here, you'll witness masterpieces like The Irish Frankenstein and The Divided Skirt by none other than Joseph Swain himself. Venturing further into political satire, Balfours Irrepressible Donkey captures both humor and criticism with finesse. Meanwhile, The Wind and the Sun offers a poignant reflection on nature's power. Through these diverse artworks spanning decades, one thing remains constant – Joseph Swain’s ability to captivate our imagination and transport us across time periods and emotions. His art serves as a window into history while leaving room for personal interpretation. So come along on this journey through art and history with "Swain, " where each stroke tells a story waiting to be discovered anew.